Meghan McCain's Palin problem
The closest I've come to meeting Meghan McCain was outside a gala for the Trevor Project last year in New York City. I was waiting for a friend while she was working the red carpet. But after reading "My Palin Problem," I'm eager to shake her hand. She's the only person in the Republican Party, it seems, who has the guts to say something critical of Sarah Palin.
Sure, Joe Miller wouldn't directly say that Palin would be the most qualified person to be president. Doing such earned the Alaska Senate candidate a stern e-talking to from Alaska's former first dude, Todd Palin. But it's nothing compared to what McCain wrote in her piece for the Daily Beast.
McCain laments that all anyone wanted to talk about on the tour for her book, "Dirty Sexy Politics," was Palin. "In every interview and review it was all Sarah all the time," McCain writes. She recognized that there would be some fascination with her thoughts about the former Alaska governor and the tumult around the time of her selection as the vice presidential nominee of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). But for McCain's daughter, "Palin started haunting my book tour from day one." She says that the media obsession with Palin "has become a fetishization." I suppose my writing about this contributes to said malady.
McCain then gets to the nub of her argument. "[I]t seems that the only thing that gets any kind of major media attention when it comes to women in politics is either Sarah Palin or her numerous impersonators." She goes on to write, "Are women only interesting in today’s political discourse if they are Sarah Palin or Sarah Palin impersonators (no matter how bad or poorly knocked off the impersonation is)?" Ouch. Was that a knock on a certain non-witch?
McCain says that Palin made it known to McCain through a third party that she was none too pleased with what the young lady had to say about her. McCain's response?
It seems the Sarah Palin media obsession goes both ways. They are both mutually obsessed with one another, and the relationship is cyclical. It is the chicken or the egg conundrum. Every tweet of Sarah's makes headlines, and every network puts what she says on its newsfeed. This is the era that we live in, and I'm just hoping both Sarah and the media will at some point make room for other opinions. In the meantime, I won't hold my breath, but I also won't quit speaking out for the women who aren't just imitating her.
How I wish others in the Republican Party would imitate Meghan McCain.
| October 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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